Such influences seemed to have played an essential role in carrying forth young "Smokey Joe", christened so by his Uncle, through the loss of his first fan and his mother at age ten and made him come out strong on top. During his teens, Smokey Robinson
co-founded ‘The Five Chimes’ along with his best friend and classmates. With the group later being renamed to ‘The Matadors’ and taking in two of his cousins, Smokey soon transitioned into the big leagues with The Matadors ramming forward as ‘The Miracles’ by being the first act to be signed on to the newly formed Motown Records in 1960. Since then, there has been no turning back for Smokey Robinson
, who has also inspired and worked with the other major Motown act, The Temptations.
The essence of Smokey Robinson
has been hailed and praised both as part of The Miracle’s legacy as well as his solo flight. Being the initial spark and major driving force of Motown, The Miracles have been acknowledged as being the primary influence upon some of the most notable personalities in music, such as Stevie Wonder and Michael Jackson. With over 40 million records sold worldwide stemming from an impressive repertoire of 25 albums, The Miracles were immortalized by being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
in 2009. Parting ways with The Miracles in 1972, Smokey has charted his own glorious course in musical history. Achieving a BMI award for songwriting, he scored an early hit with "Baby That's Backatcha" in 1975 as well as asserting himself over the global scene with "Being With You". 1987 saw him clinch a Grammy
for "Just to See Her" in the Best Male R&B Vocal performance category then one for Lifetime Achievement twelve years later, followed a National medal of Arts in 2002.
Having extensively toured with The Matadors, as part of Smokey Robinson
& The Miracles and then as a solo artist, Smokey has been a world class entertainer on a global stage. He has been touring regularly in the last decade, hitting locales as far as the land down under and making appearances on some of the most popular shows on television such as the annual Grammy Awards Ceremony
and American Idol,
where he has served as a judge and then a mentor on several different seasons. Also a Kennedy Center honoree, Smokey is also the recipient of two honorary doctorate degrees, one each from Howard University and Berklee College of Music. Smokey Robinson,
who was married to his former The Miracles bandmate Claudette Rogers Robinson, also known as the "’First Lady of Motown", also manages the SFGL Foods company that brought out the "Smokey Robinson
's 'The Soul is in the Bowl' Gumbo". Having inspired the character of C.C. White in the multi-award winning musical Dreamgirls
, Smokey’s influences on music and popular culture have defined the zeitgeist. So book your Smokey Robinson tickets
now to partake of this glorious musical phenomenon whose melodic fire shows no signs of smoking out.